Fuzzy Sets and Systems

An International Journal in Information Science and Engineering





Co-Editors-in-Chief::B. De Baets





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Since its launching in 1978, the journal Fuzzy Sets and Systems has been devoted to the international advancement of the theory and application of fuzzy sets and systems. The theory of fuzzy sets now encompasses a well organized corpus of basic notions including (and not restricted to) aggregation operations, a generalized theory of relations, specific measures of information content, a calculus of fuzzy numbers. Fuzzy sets are also the cornerstone of a non-additive uncertainty theory, namely possibility theory, and of a versatile tool for both linguistic and numerical modeling: fuzzy rule-based systems. Numerous works now combine fuzzy concepts with other scientific disciplines as well as modern technologies.

In mathematics fuzzy sets have triggered new research topics in connection with category theory, topology, algebra, analysis. Fuzzy sets are also part of a recent trend in the study of generalized measures and integrals, and are combined with statistical methods. Furthermore, fuzzy sets have strong logical underpinnings in the tradition of many-valued logics.

Fuzzy set-based techniques are also an important ingredient in the development of information technologies. In the field of information processing fuzzy sets are important in clustering, data analysis and data fusion, pattern recognition and computer vision. Fuzzy rule-based modeling has been combined with other techniques such as neural nets and evolutionary computing and applied to systems and control engineering, with applications to robotics, complex process control and supervision. In thefield of information systems, fuzzy sets play a role in the development of intelligent and flexible manBmachine interfaces and the storage of imprecise linguistic information. In Artificial Intelligence various forms of knowledge representation and automated reasoning frameworks benefit from fuzzy set-based techniques, for instance in interpolative reasoning, non-monotonic reasoning, diagnosis, logic programming, constraint-directed reasoning, etc. Fuzzy expert systems have been devised for fault diagnosis,and also in medical science. In decision and organization sciences, fuzzy sets has had a great impact in preference modeling and multicriteria evaluation, and has helped bringing optimization techniques closer to the users needs. Applications can be found in many areas such as management, production research, and finance. Moreover concepts and methods of fuzzy set theory have attracted scientists in many other disciplines pertaining to human-oriented studies such as cognitive psychology and some aspects of social sciences.

The scope of the journal Fuzzy Sets and Systems has expanded so as to account for all facets of the field while emphasizing its specificity as bridging the gap between the flexibility of human representations and the precision and clarity of mathematical or computerized representations, be they numerical or symbolic.

The journal welcomes original and significant contributions in the area of Fuzzy Sets whether on empirical or mathematical foundations, or their applications to any domain of information technology, and more generally to any field of investigation where fuzzy sets are relevant. Applied papers demonstrating the usefulness of fuzzy methodology in practical problems are particularly welcome. Fuzzy Sets and Systems publishes high-quality research articles, surveys as well as case studies. Separate sections are Recent Literature, and the Bulletin, which offers research reports, book reviews and conference announcements and various news items. Invited review articles on topics of general interest are included and special issues are published regularly.


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Co-Editors-in-Chief: B. De Baets KERMIT, Dept. of Mathematical Modelling, Statistics and Bioinformatics, Universiteit Gent, Coupure links 653, B-9000 Gent, Belgium, D. Dubois IRIT-CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse), 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse, France, E. Hüllermeier Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Hans-Meerwein-Str. (Lahnberge), 35043 Marburg, Germany, Former Editors in Chief H.J. Zimmermann , H. Prade , Honorary Editor: L.A. Zadeh Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), Div. of Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-1776, USA, Advisory Editors: J.C. Bezdek Dept. of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne, 111 Barry Street - Building 168, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia, Y.-M. Liu President Office, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610064 Sichuan, China, E. Sanchez LIF & Fac. de Medicine, Université Aix-Marseille, 27 Bd Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille, France, M. Sugeno Fac. of Information Science, Dosisha University, 1-3 Miyakodani Tatara, Kyonatabe, 610-0394 Kyoto, Japan, E. Trillas Edificio Cientifico-Tecnologico, European Centre for Soft Computing, Calle Gonzalo Gutierrez Quiros, 33600 Mieres (Austurias), Spain, Area Editors: B. Bede Redmond, WA, USA, R. Belohlavek Olomouc, Czech Republic, I. Bloch Paris, France, A.M. Colubi Oviedo, Spain, J. Fodor Budapest, Hungary, J.L. García-Lapresta Valladolid, Spain, L. Godo Madrid, Spain, S. Gottwald Leipzig, Germany, T-M. Guerra Valenciennes, France, J. Gutierrez Garcia BIlbao, Spain, K. Hirota Yokohama, Japan, E. Hüllermeier Marburg, Germany, M. Inuiguchi Osaka, Japan, F. Klawonn Wolfenbüttel, Germany, R. Kruse Magdeburg, Germany, W.A. Lodwick Denver, CO, USA, R. Mesiar Bratislava, Slovakia, E. Pap Novi Sad, Serbia, M. Reformat , S.E. Rodabaugh Youngstown, OH, USA, A. Sala Valencia, Spain, T. Sudkamp Dayton, OH, USA, J.L. Verdegay Granada, Spain, S. Zadrozny Warsaw, Poland, D. Zhang Chengdu, China, Book Review Editor: A. Gegov Portsmouth, UK, Editorial Board: S. Aguzzoli Milano, Italy, P. Angelov Lancaster, UK, R. Babuska Delft, Netherlands, M. Banerjee Kanpur, India, G. Beliakov Burwood, VIC, Australia, T. Bilgic Istanbul, Turkey, U. Bodenhofer Linz, Austria, P. Bonissone Schenectady, NY, USA, B. Bouchon-Meunier Paris, France, Y.-K. Cai Beijing, China, T. Calvo Alcalá de Henares, Spain, C. Carlsson Abo, Finland, K. Cechlarova Kosice, Slovakia, B.-S. Chen Hsinchu, Taiwan, ROC, G. Chen Beijing, China, P Cintula Prague, Czech Republic, I. Couso Oviedo, Spain, G. De Tré Gent, Belgium, M. Demirci Antalya, Turkey, T. Denoeux Compiegne, France, A. Di Nola Baronissi (SA), Italy, M. Frigon Montreal, QC, Canada, H. Frigui Louisville, KY, USA, S. Galichet Annecy le Vieux, France, M.A. Gil Oviedo, Spain, F. Gomide Campinas SP, Brazil, M. Grabisch Paris, France, S. Greco Catania, Italy, M. Hanss Stuttgart, Germany, F. Herrera Granada, Spain, E. Herrera-Viedma Granada, Spain, U. Höhle Wuppertal, Germany, H. Ishibuchi Osaka, Japan, J. Kacprzyk Warsaw, Poland, W. Karwowski Orlando, FL, USA, A. Kasperski Wroclaw, Poland, U Kaymak Eindhoven, Netherlands, J.M. Keller Columbia, MO, USA, E.P. Klement Linz, Austria, G.J. Klir Binghamton, NY, USA, W.J. Kotzé Cape Town, South Africa, T. Kroupa Prague, Czech Republic, T. Kubiak Poznan, Poland, L.T. Kóczy Budapest, Hungary, H.L. Larsen Aalborg, FO, Denmark, J. Lawry Bristol, England, UK, K.S. Leung Hong Kong, China, C.-J. Liau Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, R. Lowen Antwerpen, Belgium, T. Marchant Gent, Belgium, J.-L. Marichal Luxembourg, Luxembourg, R. A. Marques Pereira Trento, Italy, T. Martin Bristol, UK, S. Miyamoto Ibaraki, Japan, J.N. Mordeson Omaha, NE, USA, T. Murofushi Yokohama, Japan, D. Naso Bari, Italy, M. Navara Prague, Czech Republic, H.T. Nguyen Las Cruces, NM, USA, V. Nóvak Ostrava, Czech Republic, N. R. Pal Kolkata, India, S.K. Pal Calcutta, India, G. Pasi Milano, Italy, W. Pedrycz Edmonton, AB, Canada, K. Peeva Sofia, Bulgaria, I. Perfilieva Ostrava 1, Czech Republic, F.E. Petr
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